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'So Much Blue' Is Percival Everett's Best Yet

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 9:00am

By turns funny, shocking and heartbreaking, Everett's new novel follows a painter who's deeply ambivalent about his apparently idyllic life, and digs into the moments in his past that shaped him.

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This Art Group Installs Pick-Your-Own-Fruit Parks Around Los Angeles

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 7:00am

Since 2004, the group Fallen Fruit has been planting fruit trees around the city and across the U.S. Once mature, the trees produce hundreds of pounds of produce a year — all free to the public.

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Prog Rock Gets Some Respect In 'The Show That Never Ends'

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 6:00am

David Weigel is primarily a political reporter, but in The Show that Never Ends he spins his love of prog rock into a detailed, affectionate history of a genre that's never completely gone away.

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Video: That Time We Tried Pore Vacuuming In South Korea

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 3:58am

In NPR's Elise Tries series, correspondent Elise Hu tests out new experiences in East Asia. In this episode: pore vacuuming, a hot trend in Korean beauty. A suction pen excavates grime from your face.

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50 Years After 'Loving,' Hollywood Still Struggles With Interracial Romance

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 4:00pm

Hollywood's long history of not putting interracial romance on-screen goes all the way back to the Hays Code, which prohibited the depiction of "sex relationships between the white and black races."

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Sponsors Pull Support For 'Julius Caesar' That Seems To Depict Trump

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 3:38pm

Delta pulled its sponsorship of New York City's Public Theater over a production of Julius Caesar that seems to depict an assassination of President Trump.

Art Collector Sells A Lichtenstein For $165 Million To Fund Criminal Justice Reform

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 1:06pm

Agnes Gund sold Roy Lichtenstein's Masterpiece for an eye-popping sum to support the new Art For Justice Fund. The group will fight against mass incarceration and support released prisoners.

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'Hue 1968' Revisits An American 'Turning Point' In The War In Vietnam

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:25pm

Author Mark Bowden says the capture of Hue, Vietnam, was part of a wave of well-planned Communist attacks that shocked American commanders and helped turn U.S. public opinion against the war.

This Baker Makes Internet Trolls Eat Their Words — Literally

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 10:12am

Tempted to respond back to Internet harassers? New York City baker Kat Thek does just that. Her company, Troll Cakes, will find your perpetrator and send them a cake with their words written on it.

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At The Tonys, 'Dear Evan Hansen' Has A Big Night In A Dark Season

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:51am

The 2017 Tony Awards weren't a coronation of any one show, but it was hard not to notice a theme of pointed social and political thought behind many of the winners.

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In 'The Hero,' Sam Elliott Continues His Career Renaissance

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 4:45pm

NPR's Lakshmi Singh speaks with actor Sam Elliott about his new film, "The Hero." Sam Elliott plays an aging actor, coming to terms with his mortality and a career as a typecast cowboy.

Swimsuit Season Gets Complicated

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 7:12am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro asks Sarah Halzack, who has written about retail for The Washington Post, why this season's swimwear is so complicated.

Landing Starring Roles At 50, Salma Hayek Enjoys 'Proving Everyone Wrong'

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 7:12am

Hayek's career hasn't been easy, but she's not complaining: "I'd rather have the hard road into excellence than the easy road into mediocrity," she says. Her current film is called Beatriz at Dinner.

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This Dinner Party Invites People Of All Faiths To Break Bread Together

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 7:12am

Iftar is the nightly meal breaking the Ramadan fast. The Open Iftar project stages meals outdoors, encouraging Muslims and non-Muslims to move beyond religious divides to get to know each other.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Ramadan Tent Project (RTP) Open Iftar in Portland, Ore.)

Stage Managers: You Can't See Them, But Couldn't See A Show Without Them

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 7:12am

Off in the wings, stage managers coordinate cast and crew, calling hundreds of cues during Broadway performances. They may not win Tony Awards, but without them, not even the curtain would go up.

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Adam West Saved Batman. And Me.

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 6:00am

NPR's resident Bat-scholar Glen Weldon offers a personal remembrance of the late Adam West, explains how the actor rescued the character of Batman from oblivion, and explores his enduring legacy.

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Grappling With Race, Class And Southern Food's Great 'Debt Of Pleasure'

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 6:00am

In his book, The Potlikker Papers, John T. Edge tells the story of modern Southern history through food — which means "explicitly digging into issues of race, class, gender, ethnicity," he says.

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'Last Kid Left' Is A Summer Read For People Who Hate The Light

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 6:00am

Rosecrans Baldwin's new novel probably shouldn't have come out in summer: It's got the trappings of a beach read — a shore town, tourists, a murder — but it strays into some very dark territory.

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'The Great Comet': 'Hits All Of The Checkmarks' Of A Broadway Experience

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 4:51pm

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with director Rachel Chavkin and actress Denée Benton of Broadway's Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, which retells Tolstoy's War and Peace with a diverse cast.

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Not My Job: We Quiz Couples Therapist Esther Perel On The Monastic Life

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 11:42am

Relationship expert Esther Perel is the author of Mating in Captivity, and her new podcast Where Should We Begin, features real people talking about real problems.

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